According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Vital Records and Statistics, there were 1,748 divorces in Knox County, Tennessee in 2019, resulting in a divorce rate of 3.7 persons per 1,000 population.
If you’re considering divorce, or already in the process of a divorce, the issue of alimony always looms large. When is it awarded, and to whom and why? Is it permanent? Can it be changed if circumstances change?
These are all great questions, and our team at the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed stands ready to answer them for you. If you’re on the path to divorce in or around Knoxville or Farragut, Tennessee, contact us immediately. We serve clients all over Eastern Tennessee, including the counties of Knox, Blount, Anderson, Sevier, Loudon, and Union.
Alimony Under Tennessee Law
Alimony — also called spousal support — is a monetary payment from one spouse to the other to help the nonpaying spouse make a successful transfer to living separately.
In Tennessee, judges in a divorce proceeding can award four types of alimony:
As the name implies, this form of alimony is aimed at enabling the supported spouse to increase their earning capacity by attending school, getting job training, or otherwise acquiring the skills necessary to achieve financial independence. The goal is for the spouse to establish a standard of living as close as possible to the one they enjoyed while married.
Alimony In Futuro
Also known as periodic alimony, this can be awarded on a long-term (and sometimes permanent) basis to a spouse who — because of disability or other factors — is unable to obtain financial independence. The recipient could be a spouse who left the workforce to raise a family and is now unable to return to work.
This can be awarded to a spouse who doesn’t need new skills or training to rehabilitate and enter the workforce, but needs a cushion while adjusting to a post-divorce standard of living.
Alimony In Solido
Also called lump-sum alimony, this is a form of long-term support to help cover the spouse’s legal expenses and adjustment to post-divorce life. The judge awards a lump sum, which is then paid in monthly installments over a specified period of time.